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Western Region - Prospective Mentor Briefing - Desert Research Institute (Reno, NV)

April 13, 2012, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM PDT

CALLING ALL POTENTIAL BUSINESS MENTORS! INTRODUCING THE CLEANTECH OPEN

Calling all potential Cleantech Open mentors! Join us on Friday, April 13th, 4PM at the Desert Research Institute in Reno for information about the 2012 Cleantech Open Business Competition and the important and varied roles mentors play in the success of our participating startups!

NEEDED: Generalist Mentors
Generalist mentors are experienced professionals with proven records of success in either relevant cleantech industries or innovation-driven startups who become key assets for the participating teams. In the context of the competition, generalist mentors become a champion for the team, coaching and leading the entrepreneurs to build excellent business plans and investor pitches on which they will be judged. Outside the competition, successful generalist mentors become trusted advisors for their teams, often introducing them to potential investors, partners and customers.

NEEDED: Specialist Mentors
Tapping world-class expertise in key functional disciplines like finance, marketing, engineering, sustainability and legal is vital for our contestants to build successful enterprises. Specialist Mentors are an elite group of subject matter experts who act as resources for all the teams in the competition. Typical special mentors are Director or VP-level executives at companies large and small who are recognized leaders in their discipline.

Who is the Cleantech Open? The Cleantech Open runs the world's largest cleantech accelerator and its mission is to find, fund and foster entrepreneurs with big ideas that address today's most urgent energy, environmental and economic challenges. Since 2006, through its one-of-a-kind annual accelerator and competition, the Cleantech Open has helped 581 companies bring their ideas to fruition. These alumni have since raised over $660M.

Our annual Business Competition offers entrepreneurs an opportunity to accelerate their cleantech startups with:

  • NATIONAL VISIBILITY,
  • UP TO EIGHT MONTHS OF EXPERT MENTORING, and
  • THE CHANCE TO WIN UP TO $250,000 IN CASH AND SERVICES!
  • --And ALL WITHOUT GIVING UP ANY EQUITY!

At this event, learn also how you can bring your expertise and enthusiasm to the Cleantech Open as a mentor, judge, partner, sponsor or operations and marketing volunteer.

Location

Desert Research Institute
Room 209, CRVB Building, 2215 Raggio Parkway Reno, NV 89512

Directions

For a GoogleMap of the DRI's location, please click this link.

Presenters

Gint Federas, Mentor Chair, Western Region, Cleantech Open
Chip Evans, Nevada Director, Cleantech Open
Nicola Kerslake, Lead Entrepreneur-In-Residence - NIREC

Sponsors

The hosting partner of this event is the Desert Research Institute

Cleantech Open Regional Sponsors include:
Global Partner - Chevron
National Education Partner - University of Phoenix
National Sponsor - Wells Fargo
Global Commercialization Partner - CTSI
Western Regional Gold Sponsors - Commercial Energy, Google, PWC, ReedSmith, DOW, PG&E
Western Regional Silver Sponsors - Deloitte, Wal-Mart, SoCal Edison
Western Regional Bronze Sponsors - Jones Lang LaSalle, Silicon Valley Bank and NV Energy
Western Regional Investor Members - Pangaea Ventures and Venrock

Registration Fees

Type Regular Door
Mentor Event - DRI Free Free
 All prices in U.S. dollars. Sorry, no refunds available.
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